The following case of the U.S. Supreme Court clearly
indicates that socialism can't be legislated and that it isn't within the
purview of the U.S. Congress to pass laws that obligate employers to
provide any level of benefits.
Railroad Retirement Board v. Alton Railroad Co.
295 U.S. 330, 55 S. Ct. 758 (1935)
"The catalog of
means and actions which might be imposed upon an employer in any business,
tending to the satisfaction and comfort of his employees, seems endless.
Provision for free medical attendance, nursing, clothing, food, housing,
and education of children, and a hundred other matters might with equal
propriety by proposed as tending to relieve the employee of mental strain
and worry. Can it fairly be said that the power of Congress to regulate
interstate commerce extends to the prescription of any or all of these
things? Is it not apparent that they are really and essentially related
solely to the social welfare of the worker, and therefor remote from any
regulation of commerce as such? We think the answer is plain. These
matters obviously lie outside the orbit of congressional power." [May
6, 1935 italics added for emphasis]